Today I awoke to a world filled with challenges both public (the government is still shutdown) and personal (can I make room in my life to finish my python class?) but I happened upon a ray of sunshine in the story of Tona Brown.
Tona Brown is an African American Transgender violinist and vocalist who has performed for North American and European audiences. She began playing the violin at the age of 10. Soon, Tona was winning music scholarships and competitions.
As an adult, Tona Brown has performed the National Anthem before President Obama. This honor makes Tona the first transgender person to perform for a US president while he is still in office.
Read more about Tona Brown, watch her youtube series and enjoy her music on itunes.
Please donate to the production of the documentary of Miss Major . Miss Major is a living testament to the indomitable spirit of our trans elders. She was present at the riotous beginnings of the LGBT movement in the US. Today, Miss Major serves the trans* community as the Executive Director of the Transgender Gender Variant Intersex Justice Project.
Nikki Araguz suffers under inconsistent and unjust Texas laws.
Nikki Araguz is a transgender female who married a Texas firefighter. In 2010 she became a widow and the court denied her right to receive her husband’s death benefits. Nikki wants to re-marry and the state of Texas claims she cannot legally marry her fiance.
It turns out that Laverne Cox is a native of Alabama. Laverne receives some well-deserved love in this Birmingham news interview. Read here.
Lucy Vallender claims that mosque elders barred her from attending her local mosque. Read more